I must say this book was quite addictive. Once I picked it up it was hard to put down. The author's style of writing, was easy to read. He told this story in such a personal way about his flock of chickens. Being a small flock owner I liked the real and not overly scripted way he told of his enjoyments and heartbreaks in the chicken raising endeavor. The lengths that us chicken keepers will go to save the health of a pet is amazing. After reading about the author & the chicken Yvette and her/his physical therapy I was in stitches laughing!!
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was all the cursing and cutesy "chicken shagging" references. The reason I don't like these remarks is that this otherwise would've been a book I'd of liked to share with my younger niece & they really added nothing to the story.
There is also a sequel to this book called I believe Traveling with a Man and his chicken.
An English writer's observations of his pet chickens.
A lovingly told romp through the adventures of an amateur chicken keeper and his flock.
With two books under his belt, Martin Gurdon is fast becoming to chickens what Jon Katz is to dogs. Except for the fact that he is funnier, cruder (there is swearing in this book and lots of references to poultry fornification), and English. This book chronicles his adventures with a small backyard flock. Anyone who has had pet chickens will recognize the behaviors he talks about (Bossy Chicken definitely reminds me of my Gertrude!) and laugh out loud, but readers who pick up this book without ever owning chickens may just think he is insane.
This book is a short read. The font is the size one would expect from a child's chapter book and there are illustrations of chickens that seem to exist to make this book seem worth the $12.95 cover price I paid. Despite what the cover implies, this is NOT a chicken care book (though gross diseases are discussed). However, any person who has chickens and considers them part of the family will find something to enjoy in this book.